Live fundraising is a great way to tell your story and engage with donors. Download this guide here!
Great, how do I get started?
You'll need a device to stream with (desktop/laptop, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4)!
Download or login to a streaming app to your desktop (like Streamlabs, OBS, Lightstream or XSplit). Have a console? Your Xbox One or PlayStation 4 will have apps to stream directly from console (Twitch, Mixer or YouTube)!
Set up an account with a streaming service (Twitch, YouTube, Mixer).
You'll need something to broadcast your gaming! PC or console:
Set your Chatbot to share your donation link when your streaming.
**Pro-tip** add #donate to the end of your participant URL (non-customized) to bring donors right to the payment screen!
Xbox extras to customize your stream
Explore options to customize your stream using Lightstream and Mixer!
Once you have your device, streaming software/service and accounts setup, add your streaming username to your fundraising page by clicking Your Page, then clicking the pencil icon to edit. This allows you to stream to Twitch, Mixer and YouTube and have the stream directly embedded on your Extra Life page! Your donors can interact and chat with you AND donate with ease!
Here's the steps to connect your stream to your page
On extra-life.org. add your streaming username to your fundraising page & save – you're ready to go!
Click Your Page in the top bar
Click the Settings tab on your page
Choose your service and enter your username
Note: YouTube requires you to enter the full URL to the live video, not your YouTube username
Click Save Changes
Share the link to your fundraising page through social media, text messages, your chatbot and email.
When you start streaming from your streaming software (Streamlabs OBS, OBS, Lightstream, XSplit) or console, your stream will appear on your fundraising page!
Don't forget to check out our broadcasting toolkit for additional overlays, commercial breaks, talking points and more.
Stuck? Confused? Let our community of Extra Life streaming experts help! Head to our official Discordand ask for some assistance!
I've pledged to play games and raise funds for sick kids at my local children's hospital!
On top of nomal streams and communications, here are the goals I am setting, and the rewards for all of you!
$500 - Hot Wing Challange - I and another team member of mine will participate in a live streamed Hot Wing Challange. It'll be an AMA with hot wings!
$1000 - Glitter Beard! Glitter is impossible to get out of beards - which is why I'm going to fill mine if we hit our goal of $1000. Just know that everyone at work will appreciate all of the great work we did while snickering in the lunch room.
$1500 - I'll wear a onsie! As it turns out, for some reason discord wants to see me humiliate myself by wearing a onesie on game day. I don't know why - they don't look comfortable and I'll look ridiculous. But if we get to $1500 raised I guess we'll find out,
Here's how it works
Extra Life is a fundraising and gaming marathon to support Children's Miracle Network Hospitals.
I'm joining thousands of gamers and will be dedicating a day to play games and get donations from friends like YOU!
100% of the donations go to my local children's hospital. TOGETHER we will make a difference for sick kids!
Your donation is tax-deductible and will make miracles happen for families who desperately need them. You can click the "Donate" button at the top of this page to make a safe and easy online donation.
WHy i care
If you look around your family tree, there's a good chance you have your own story to share. Mine comes from my family.
My mother Nancy spent nearly a decade in and out of Sick Kids Hospital, undergoing many treatments over the years.
My brother Michael spent most of his childhood in and out of Sick Kids as well. He was born premature, and had severe asthma that required specialist attention. He also inhaled a peanut at a very young age, and had to be sent to Sick Kids Hospital because they were the only ones with tools small enough to operate on him.
My Son Rowan has been to sick kids for follow ups, as he was born premature and spend the first 2 months of his life in the NICU.
I can say from personal experience that there are too many kids that owe their lives to Sick Kids, and too many parents and siblings that can't thank them enough for keeping their family members around.
I think that's worth far more than my time, and I hope that's worth a few dollars to those reading this message.